Like Pearls by Morehshin Allahyari is an animated and interactive mash-up of the Farsi spam Allahyari receives in her mailbox.
Mp3 – w.m.o/r
The disturbing relations between philosophy and improvised music, a combination certainly not unusual for those into experimental music and other patient listeners, often produce a sense that the questions are more important the answers; that dynamic processes are more worthy than results. The “Idioms and Idiots” ensemble starts in an atypical way, combining the energy, argumentation and reflection of a professional philosopher (Ray Brassier) with a very radical group of sound experimenters (Jean-Luc Guionnet, Seijiro Murayama and Mattin). The new speculative opportunities that occur when different knowledge bases meet (here philosophy and music) are sometimes very interesting, especially as these bases are often not fully aware of their underpinnings and modalities. This combination here is not meant to make strong symbolic contextualizations, or to re-establish the typical cultural meanings of hegemonic languages. The relationship also does not merely intend to represent reality (as many other projects do), rather it wants to be situated within the context of art, which is not an easy task. It is a strong project that through clichés and ideological traps, imprints in the memory of the listener a peculiar slalom between a non-philosophy and a non-music. And these kinds of equilibriums are still able to stimulate both the mind and the senses.